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Stand off in Oliver allegedly involved domestic violence and a firearm

Police arrested a 31-year-old Oliver man at a Co-Op Avenue home Sunday
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A stand off has been going on for hours in Oliver Sunday. (Shawn Pylot video)

UPDATE:

A 31-year-old Oliver man was arrested after an hours-long standoff on Sunday. RCMP said the large police presence was because it involved intimate partner violence and a firearm.

On Feb. 11, around 3 p.m., Oliver RCMP responded to a residence on Co-Op Avenue.

The female victim was able to leave the home, while the male suspect remained inside, the RCMP said in a press release.

Due to the reported involvement of a firearm, multiple officers attended, at which time the man refused to leave his home.

Given the risk posed to officers and the public, the Southeast District’s Emergency Response Team (SED ERT) was deployed , and were successful in safely apprehending the man a few hours later.

The 31-year-old is being held for a bail hearing, with police recommending charges related to pointing a firearm and assault.

“As the investigation continues, officers will remain at the residence this morning (Monday),” said Cpl. James Grandy, BC RCMP spokesperson.

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Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

A standoff in Oliver has brought out a large police presence including the RCMP Emergency Response Team on Sunday, Feb. 11.

The standoff started in the late afternoon on Co-Op Avenue which continues to be blocked off by police around 6:30 p.m.

Many people took to social media to ask why at least nine police vehicles were seen with sirens on heading south through Peachland, Summerland and Penticton on Highway 97 around 5:10 p.m..

What prompted the large police response isn’t known at this time.

The Western will update this story when more information is known.

A property on Martin Street in Penticton was the focus of a heavy police response last Wednesday morning in Penticton.

There were 11 police vehicles, including unmarked vehicles, that responded to the scene.

Police later confirmed that the response was caused by a reported firearm.

A man was found and while being taken into custody, a BB-gun was seized from his possession according to RCMP.

The 35-year-old Penticton resident was found to have outstanding warrants and has been detained in custody.

READ MORE: Arrest made after firearm reported in downtown Penticton



Monique Tamminga

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